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Phil Hart

November 24, 2015

“The biggest and most complex machine ever built by humankind.” That is how University of Wisconsin–Madison doctoral student of electrical engineering Philip Hart describes the nation’s power grid.

November 18, 2015

In January 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimated that a staggering $2.6 billion worth of treated drinking water is lost each year due to leaking water mains and approximately 240,000 main breaks. To address this problem, the agency proposed that more than $600 billion be invested in water infrastructure improvements over the next 20 years.

Fall WESC Winners

November 16, 2015

Inventors of a real-time monitoring platform aimed at making water softeners more efficient took home two top prizes at the Wisconsin and Sustainability Challenge (WESC) on Friday.

Ed Rowe

November 16, 2015

The world's first dedicated source of synchrotron radiation, an electron storage ring named Tantalus, has been designated a historic site by the American Physical Society.

November 10, 2015

A shared passion for renewable energy technology has brought together two professors with two very different areas of expertise.

November 05, 2015

The Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) held its third annual Energy Summit on October 13th, 2015. This year’s Summit focused on "Air & Energy: The Path Ahead for the U.S. States" and attracted an enthusiastic crowd of 285 attendees.

November 03, 2015

Cities across the nation draw energy from interlinked transmission lines—and coordinating where to send resources at any given moment requires thousands of split-second calculations based upon massive amounts of data.  

November 03, 2015

We've come a long way since the first cars trundled onto our roads. 

Today, the vehicles we drive are equipped with everything from satellite navigation and automated parking technology to heated seats and hybrid engines. 

But now, engineers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have come up with technology that enables energy to be harvested from moving tires.


October 30, 2015

Inspired by mammals' eyes, University of Wisconsin-Madison electrical engineers have created the fastest, most responsive flexible silicon phototransistor ever made.

Tim Donohue

October 28, 2015

While scientists learn more with each passing study about the way the invisible lives of fungi, bacteria, viruses and other microscopic organisms intersect with much larger plants and animals as well as the planet, Tim Donohue and a group of prominent scientists want to make sure researchers don’t miss the giant forest for the tiny trees.